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NEWS
April 5, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The White House Easter egg roll will be closed to the public this year and replaced with a smaller event for children of troops involved in the Iraq war. About 12,000 parents and children will be invited to the April 21 event, compared with the usual crowd of 40,000, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said. "It's reduced as a result of the security situation," he said.
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NATIONAL
April 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
President Bush prayed for peace at a Ft. Hood Easter service about avoiding the forces of sin and doing what is right. "I had a chance to reflect on the great sacrifice that our military and their families are making," Bush said after the service. "I prayed for their safety, I prayed for their strength and comfort, and I pray for peace." Bush took no questions from reporters in his first public appearance since his spring break in Texas began Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1989
Southern Californians celebrated the Easter weekend with prayers, blessings, charity and frivolity. Thousands of worshipers dressed warmly for showers and gray clouds Sunday at the traditional Easter Sunrise service at the Hollywood Bowl, but were rewarded with blue skies.
NEWS
April 8, 1991 | From Reuters
Russian Federation leader Boris N. Yeltsin and other senior Soviet officials joined worshipers at Easter services Sunday, giving an official stamp to the Russian Orthodox church's most important holiday. Yeltsin stood in the center of a special section after midnight in the vast Epiphany Cathedral. He and other prominent guests of honor--Soviet Prime Minister Valentin S. Pavlov and Deputy Moscow Mayor Sergei Stankevich--placed candles in a gilt stand as Patriarch Alexei II looked on.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1993 | LYNDA NATALI
Clutching a brown teddy bear, a determined look on his face, 7-year-old Luis Canas giggled Friday as he set out on the hunt. His first find, a pink and yellow plastic Easter egg tucked in the bushes at the Rea Community Center, delighted the first-grader so much he let out a yelp and nearly trampled some fellow hunters as he searched for more. Luis found three Easter eggs in all. Like the pink and yellow one, the other plastic eggs contained a few pennies or nickels or a miniature candy bar.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
Families traveled for hours on city buses to get to Fallbrook Mall on Friday, but the donated Easter baskets made the journey worth it, they said. It took Susana Gaspar and her four children an hour and 45 minutes on two buses to get to the mall from North Hills. "They invited us, and I wanted [my children] to have a little fun and a little outing," said Gaspar, 30.
NEWS
April 16, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Thousands of Christians celebrated Easter with processions and joyful services throughout Jerusalem, but the Israeli Jews who moved into a Christian Quarter building remained a source of tension. The Israeli Peace Now organization held a small demonstration inside the Old City, protesting the actions of the 150 Jews who made a 72-room building their home Wednesday in defiance of Christian Arabs who live in the area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1998
Thousands of children are expected to converge on Griffith Park today and Sunday for the 10th annual Big Bunny Spring Fling at the Los Angeles Zoo, where they will get to pet rabbits, make bunny ears and go on a scavenger hunt. In addition to the special Easter-related activities, the children will be able to visit the zoo's 1,200 animals, including baby black bears, baby giraffes, a baby Gelada baboon and a baby spider monkey.
NEWS
April 4, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
Marking the most solemn ceremony of the Roman Catholic calendar, Pope John Paul II led clerics in procession through a darkened St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday, a candlelight vigil for the coming of Easter. "Light of Christ," a deacon intoned in Latin as John Paul bore a 4-foot-tall candle through the pitch-black basilica. Thousands of faithful lighted their own candles as he passed, filling the darkness with glints of light.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1997 | DADE HAYES
The idea of one Easter bunny was scary enough for the toddler. She didn't seem ready for two. But eventually, the 2-year-old took her hands away from her eyes and saw that the white-furred pair scampering into Valley Shelter bore gifts for all the children at the residence for the abused and homeless. "This is great, but she's petrified," her mother said. "Here, Mommy will go with you and shake the bunny's hand."
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